Introducing Sarah Gibson as Fraulein Kost/Fritzie in "Cabaret"
Tell us about yourself! What’s your theatre background?
My favorite roles include Helen Hubbard ("Murder on the Orient Express") at Candlelight Playhouse, Johnstown, CO, Norma Desmond ("Sunset Boulevard") at New Century Theater, Minneapolis, MN, Nettie Fowler ("Carousel") at Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, Mrs. Wormwood ("Matilda") at The Rose Theater, Omaha, NE, Signora Naccarelli ("The Light in the Piazza") at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN, and Doatsy Mae ("Best Little Whorehouse in Texas") featuring Sally Struthers, at Artistry Theater, Bloomington, MN. In addition to performing, I teach voice lessons. I previously worked as a teaching artist for the Disney Musicals in Schools program and for The Rose Theater, both specializing in musical theatre productions for young performers.
What’s it like collaborating with a creative powerhouse like director Kenny Moten?
I’d worked with Kenny previously and when I heard he was directing Cabaret, I had to audition as I’m a huge fan of his. Here’s how Kenny directs: he taps into the best of you. Whatever that is for you, whatever level you are, whatever your specialty is. I wish I could articulate it better but if it was a quantifiable skill then every director would have it, and they don’t. He is a gift!
What do you want audiences to take away from "Cabaret"? Why is it still a must see theatre nearly 60 years later?
I used to think of "Cabaret" as a period piece, as an artistic rendering of the onset of one of the most horrific eras in history that illustrates: when the monsters come they won’t look like monsters. They won’t even be monsters. They’ll be your friends and neighbors. They’ll have “both-sides” discussions and advocate for protecting their personal freedoms and rights in order to deprive others of theirs. My cynical side says in our current sociopolitical climate the next revival of Cabaret will be told from the point of view of the Nazis. So…yeah. "Cabaret" seems pretty topical.
Come see Sarah and the rest of the cast in "Cabaret," playing October 26–November 26!
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and
stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Kenny Moten
Vocal Direction by Kate Rothstein
Music Direction by Matthew Rothstein
Choreographed by Angie Simmons
October 29–November 26, 2022
Playing at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre
This dynamic and much-loved Tony Award-winning musical continues to seduce audiences with the tantalizing Kit Kat Klub, where the iconic Emcee assures us that “life is beautiful…even the orchestra is beautiful.” As 1930s Germany slowly surrenders to the atrocities of the Third Reich, dreams unravel and lives are demolished. Cabaret is a dark, visceral, and tumultuous ride that finds us "at the end of the world… dancing… while being fast asleep.”
CONTENT WARNING: Adult themes and situations. Questions about content? Contact OpenStage at 970.484.5237.
Season tickets are on sale now! Individual show tickets go on sale on September 30th.